Stakeholders have been meeting to discuss how North Carolina might be able to ease restrictions while still protecting its residents, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services.
“I look forward to sharing more ways in what easing restrictions in the state could look like in the coming days,” Cohen said at a news conference Wednesday.
Cohen said decisions are currently being made on the state level, and not county-by-county.
“I think making decisions at the county level is incredibly challenging given how people move throughout the counties. The virus certainly does not respect county borders. I think it's reasonable to look at regions, but we have to be guided by the data to do that. And we're going to continue our work here. At the moment, we want to be making statewide decisions,” she said.